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The Library of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is proud to possess one of the world’s largest collections of Yiddish theater works from 1850 to 1950, the period that coincided with the flourishing of Jewish theater in Europe and the United States.

Yiddish theater works have been carefully selected by the YIVO Library staff, preserved, re-housed and microfilmed in 2002-2005. YIVO Library has produced 57 reels of microfilms that contain over 1,100 theater masterpieces, including many exclusively rare editions of Yiddish plays, operettas and comedy skits published in the United States, Canada, Poland, Lithuania, England, Germany, France, Italy, Soviet Union, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, and Palestine.

Many playwrights whose works are represented on the reels lived and worked in New York. Among them were such distinguished authors and Yiddishists as Sholem Aleichem, Abraham Goldfaden, Jacob Gordin, David Pinski, Leon Kobrin, Peretz Hirschtein, Moris Winchevsky, Boris Tomashevsky, Mendl Elkin, to name a few. It is important to note that the collection also includes works by numerous little-known, now forgotten authors whose contribution to the development of Yiddish theater was profound. Plays listed in the collection were featured prominently on the stages of popular Yiddish theaters on the 2nd Avenue in New York in 1910s-1940s. In addition, Yiddish drama collection also includes Yiddish translations and adaptations of famous classical plays by William Shakespeare, Alexandre Dumas, Henrik Ibsen, Leo Tolstoy, Nikolai Gogol, Anton Chekhov, Emile Zola etc. which help to bring classic masterpieces to the larger Yiddish-speaking audience.

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Yiddish drama
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sholem aleichem
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goldfaden, abraham, 1840-1908 01
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laṭayner, yosef, 1853-1935 01
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by Asch, Sholem, 1880-1957; Whyte, Florence; Noyes, George Rapall, 1873-1952
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Topic: Shabbethai Tzebi, 1626-1676
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by Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900; 03 Frumḳin, A. (Avraham), 1873-1940; 03 פרומקין, א
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by Schiller, Friedrich, 1759-1805 1759-1805
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by Szlifersztein, Adolf; Mogulesco, S. (Sigmund), 1858-1914
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Without music;Bound with: Der eybiḳer ṿanderer;Microfilm
Topic: Yiddish Drama
From Literaturno-khudozhestvennye al'manakhi izdatel'stva "Shipovnik"", kniga 5-aya;No. 12 on a reel of 12 titles;Microfilm;Added to Aleph 3/11/2010 by JPalmisano;From Литературно-художеÑтвенные альманахи издательÑтва "Шиповникъ", книга 5-аÑ;BSLW YIVOL Clean-up Project
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by Asch, Sholem, 1880-1957; Goldberg, Isaac, 1887-1938
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In: Dramatishe shriftn. Vol. 2;Microfilm
Topic: Yiddish Drama
Introd. also in English;Title on t.p. verso: Als der sof iz gout, iz alles gout = Tout est bien qui finit bien;Title on added t.p.: All is well that ends well, or, The uncovered three-fold deceit;Includes bibliographical references (p. 20-22, 1st gp.);Microfilm
Topic: Jews
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Topic: Yiddish Drama
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Topic: Shabbethai Tzevi, 1626-1676
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by 01 Morgenshṭern, B; 01 מאָרגענשטערן, ב; Schreiber, William
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Text in Yiddish and English;Text on added title page: Hitler's Dream / by B. Morgenstern , translated by William H. Schreiber;Microfilm
Topic: Jews
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by Peretz, Isaac Leib
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In : Geshikhtn un stsenes. Ale verk;Microfilm
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by Peretz, Isaac Leib
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In : Geshikhtn un stsenes. Ale verk;Microfilm
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Topic: Dybbuk
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by Freed, Morris
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In: Di ibergeblibene: eynartike dram;Microfilm
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In: Dramatishe shriftn. Vol. 2;Microfilm
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In: Dramatishe shriftn. Vol. 2;Microfilm
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In: Dramatishe shriftn. Vol. 1;Microfilm
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by Peretz, Isaac Leib
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In : Geshikhtn un stsenes. Ale verk;Microfilm
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by Gordin, Jacob, 1853-1909
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In Yiddish;Microfilm
Topic: Yiddish Drama
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In : Oysgeklibene shriftn : fun fir;Microfilm
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by 01 Gisnet, Morris, b. 1880; 01 גיסנעט, מארריס, נ׳ 1880
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Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by Gordin, Jacob, 1853-1909 01; 01 גארדין, יעקב
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Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by Gordin, Jacob, 1853-1909 01; 01 גארדין, יעקב, 1853-1909
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Title on cover: The true power;Microfilm
Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by Ibsen, Henrik, 1828-1906 01; 01 איבסען, הענריק, 1828-1906; Entin, Joel, 1875-1959 05; 05 ענטין, י., 1875-1959
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Topic: Norwegian drama
In: Dramatishe shriftn. Vol. 2;Microfilm
Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by 01 Blakhmon, Yaʻaḳov; 01 בלאכמָאן, יעקב; Goldfaden, Abraham, 1840-1908 05; 05 גָאלדפַאדען, אברהם
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Microfilm;No. 12 on a reel of 18 titles;BSLW YIVOL Clean-up Project
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by 01 Dukhoṿny, Mosheh; 01 דוכאװני, משה; Younin, Wolf 03; 04 Sigaloṿsḳi, N. (Noaḥ); 05 Ḳadison, Leyb; Reisen, Abraham, 1876-1953 06; 03 יונין, װאלף; 04 סיגאלאװסקי, נ; 05 קאדיסאן, לײב; 06 רײזען, אברהם
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Loyṭ der ṭeme fun Avraham Reyzen's dertseylung 'Der hunṭ';Typescript;Microfilm
Topic: Socialism
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by 01 Nadir, Moshe, 1885-1943; 01 נאדיר, משה
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Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by Zlatarewski, I., 1875-1945 01; 01 זאלאטארעווסקי, איזידאר, 1875-1945
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Date of publication indicated on cover title: 1922;Microfilm
Topics: Theater, Yiddish, Yiddish drama
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by 01 Manusoṿiṭsh, Osher; 01 מאנוסאװיטש, אשר; Deitch, Mattes, 1894-1966 04; Geller, Todros, 1889-1949 05; 04 דײטש, מאטעס; 05 געללער, טאדראס, 1889-1949
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Cover illustrated by: TÌ£odros Geller;Microfilm
Topic: Elijah (Biblical prophet)
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by Milstein, Morris
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In: Dramatishe shriftn. Vol. 2;Microfilm
Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by 01 Levitt, Morris, b. 1886; 01 לעװיט, מאריס
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1. A pasender shidukh : Ḳomedie -- 2. niṭ gelungen : a shpas;Microfilm
Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by 01 Proṿoṭiner, A. (Aharon), 1886-1948; 01 פראװאטינער, א
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Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by Kobrin, Leon, 1872-1946 01; 01 קאברין, לעאן, 1872-1946
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Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by 01 Yungowitch, Boaz; 01 יונגװיץ, בועז
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Topic: Operetta
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by Goldfaden, Abraham, 1840-1908 01; 01 גאלדפאדען, אברהם
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Vocalized text;No. 3 on a reel of 25 titles;Microfilm
Topic: Operas
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by 01 Gebel, L; 01 געבעל, ל; 04 Mogulesco, S. (Sigmund), 1858-1914; 04 מאגאלעסקי
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YIVO copy missing pages after p. 38;Microfilm
Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by Goldfaden, Abraham, 1840-1908 01; 01 גאלדפאדען, אברהם
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by 01 Gordon, N; 01 גארדאן, נ
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by 01 Karpilov, Miriam, 1888-1956; 01 קארפילאוו, מרים, 1888-1956
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Topic: Yiddish Drama
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Topics: Jews, Yiddish wit un humor
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by Ṭenenboym, Y. (Yaʻaḳov), 1878-1942 01; 01 טענענבוים, י., 1878-1942
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Topic: Yiddish Drama
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In : A leyter tsu der sun : lider un;Microfilm
Topic: Yiddish Drama
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Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by 01 Levitt, Morris, b. 1886; 01 לעוויט, מאריס, נ׳ 1886
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Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by Freed, Morris
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In: Di ibergeblibene: eynartike dram;Microfilm
Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by 01 Pryłucki, Paula (Edelstein), 1876-; 01 פרילוצקי, פאולא
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Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by Goldfaden, Abraham, 1840-1908 01; 01 גאלדפאדען, א
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Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by Zeitlin, Aaron, 1898-1973 01; 01 צײטלין, אהרן
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Topic: Frank, Jacob 1726 (ca.) 1791-
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by 01 Karasev, L; 01 קאראסעװ, ל; Siṭo, Fayṿl, 1909-1945 04; 04 סיטא, פײװל
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by 01 Edelheyṭ, Shelomoh, b. 1882; 01 עדעלהײט, שלמה
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Autographed by author;Microfilm
Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by Browne, Walter 01; 01 בראון, וואלטעו; Gastwirth, Henry M. 04; 04 גאסטוויראה, מ
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Translation of: Everywoman;Microfilm
Topic: American literature
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by Goldfaden, Abraham, 1840-1908; Bilov, Shloime, 1888-; Velednitskii, Abraham, 1897-1959 joint ed
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At head of title: Melukhisher ṭeaṭraler insṭiṭuṭ fun Uḳraine;Microfilm
Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by Glazerman, Shemuʼel, 1898-1952 01; 01 גלאזערמאן, שמואל
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by 01 Sharkansky, Abraham Michel, 1869-1907; 01 שארקאנסקי, א.מ
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Libretto;Microfilm
Topics: Musicals, Inquisition, Yiddish drama
Added t.p. in English: Madam Adler;Microfilm
Topic: Yiddish Drama
In: Komedyes; v. 6;Microfilm
Topic: Yiddish Drama
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by 01 Leṿin, Iser; 01 לעװין, איסער
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by Dayḳsel, Sh. (Shemuʼel), 1886- 01; 01 דייקסעל, ש., 1886-
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by 01 Bruckstein, Ludovic; 01 ברוקשטיין, י.ל
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Topic: World War, 1939-1945
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by 01 Kornbluth, Zisel; 01 קארנבליטה, ז
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by 01 Dolgopolski, Tsodek; 01 דאָלגאָפאָלסקי, צ
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Topic: Yiddish Drama